Wakefield Covered Bridge Maternity Portraits

R + R Summer Maternity Photos | Gatineau Maternity Photographers

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to photograph this great couple at the Wakefield covered bridge and outside the Fairbairn House.  The weather and lighting were beautiful and they were dressed beautifully.

A huge thank you goes out to Krysten Allen who did the hair.

I also shoot newborn, children’s and family photography and cake smash photography.  And I LOVE to also do wedding photography.  If you are looking for professional photographer to shoot some portraits, I would love to hear from you.  Fill out my contact form to get in touch with me.  🙂

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Wakefield Summer Maternity Photos

Sneak Peek | Gatineau Maternity Photographers

Here’s a sneak peek of a maternity photo session that I shot a couple of weeks ago in Wakefield, Quebec.  I am excited to show the rest soon.

If you are looking for a maternity photographer, I am pleased to announce that I am currently offering a fantastic summer maternity photo shoot special.  It’s an AMAZING deal.  Check it out and e-mail me today to book your maternity photo session.

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Happy birthday baby girl! (Ottawa Photographer)

Baby Cake Smash Photo Shoot (Ottawa Baby Photographers)

One year ago today at 5:17am on a cold, snowy winter day my little angel was born.  The past year has been a real roller coaster ride of emotions, but I am so thankful that I am a mother to this precious little girl.  I always wanted a daughter.  I wanted to be able to help shape her mind to know who she really is, her true worth as well as know that she can do whatever she sets her mind to do.  I wanted to share with her my love for writing, travelling, Broadway shows, ballets, the smell of books while reading and, of course, photography.  And also, who else am I going to give my Barbie collection and 30+ journals to other than an heiress?

For me, my daughter will make every future New Year’s Eve extra special.  My daughter fills my heart and life with so much more joy than I could have ever hoped for.  She is not only the answer to my many prayers, hopes and dreams, but she is also a wonderful mixture of her papa and myself.  I enjoy her smiles, her laughs.  She is the sunshine in my life—even when she cries.  I always knew that I would love my baby whenever I had one, but I never realized how much she would fill my heart like no one else ever could.  Of course I love my husband and my family dearly, but this is a different kind of love.  I carried such precious cargo for a long nine months, but when we met face to face for the first time 12 months ago, it was instant magic.  Instant love.  I don’t even know if I could adequately express how much love I have for my precious baby girl.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I call many things by what they actually are.  Every car that I have owned has been called “Car”, our cat that we had a few years ago was called “Kitty Kat” and every baby that I see I call “Baby”.  My daughter is no exception to my rule.  Besides calling her “Baby”, my other knick names for her are: “Little Girl”, “Smiley” and my little puppy.  Of course I also call her by her actual name too.  She responds equally to any of them.

My daughter is also my little poupée.  She is a real sport about letting me dress her up and take photos for our monthly photo shoots.  I wanted to document her first year as much as possible since there are so many fleeting changes in the first year of a child’s life.  Our bare living room walls are now starting to get covered with family photos, which include her too.  And I was able to give each set of grandparents a photo album for Christmas filled with many of the photos of her from our monthly photo shoots.

And with that, I will include some of the photos that I took of my daugther over this past year.  I hope that you will enjoy these photos of my favourite little girl in the whole, wide world.

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One Year Old Baby Cake Smash

One year baby cake smash (Ottawa Baby Photographers)

Besides my daughter’s newborn photos shoots, I have not put so much effort and planning into a photo shoot as I have with this particular photo session.  I have been planning this cake smash for my daughter since around the time she was born.  Being a photographer, I couldn’t help but document my daughter’s first year with monthly photo shoots, so what better way to finish off her 12th month than to do a cake smash photo shoot.  I wanted to make sure that not only were the decorations cute and fun, but I wanted the cake to be the pinnacle of perfection.

I don’t know why, but ever since I was pregnant with my daughter I associate the colour lilac with her and so I wanted to incorporate lilac (lavender…po-TAY-to…po-TAH-to… whatever you want to call it) into my photo shoot.  Thimble Cakes (Bank & Gilmour) were very accommodating to my specific requests for my daughter’s cake smash session cake.  I wanted chocolate so that it would show up well in the photos.  I wanted a creamy icing decorated with rosettes all over the top.  And I was also specific about not only wanting lavender icing for the cake (in honour of my sweet baby), but it couldn’t be too light so that it would still pop out in the photos.  And the cherry on top of my requests was that not only did I not want them to use sugar in the cake or icing (since I feel that my baby is too young to have a sudden blast of sugar like that), but that I did not want them to use any artificial sweeteners.  The exact wording in my e-mail to Wendy was,

“Are you able to do a chocolate cake with lilac coloured icing, but still sugar free?  And by sugar free, what do you use to sweeten it?  I want a natural sweetener—not any artificial sweeteners like splenda, aspartame, saccharine, sucralose or acesulfame potassium.  I also do not want her eating fructose or corn sweeteners.  I am sorry that I am so picky.  I just don’t want my one year old eating that kind of stuff.” 

That’s kind of a tall order and I do not doubt that most bakers would have shuddered to think about fulfilling this order, but Wendy at Thimble Cakes met my request and simply wrote,  “Not a problem at all to make that pretty cake.  We use agave and xylitol.  Both are all natural sweeteners.  We don’t like artificial around here either!”    Yay!  I was happy to hear that they could do it and without sugar to boot!  That totally made my day.

I was delighted when I picked up the pretty cupcake cake and I drove like an old granny all the way home in order to keep the cake from toppling over if I turned a corner too quickly (which I do most of the time).  Oh, and then I had to make sure that I didn’t wipe out on the ice in my driveway while carrying it.  But I did manage to get the cake home and then I had to set up the props, lights, flooring, etc. before my little girl got too tired and cranky to want to do the shoot.  I must thank my stepson for helping me out by entertaining Lily while I set up, did test shots and then was ready to shoot.

I must admit that my daughter was NOT pleased with getting icing on her at all.  She immediately began crying and protesting.  She was absolutely disgusted with having thick, gooey icing on her hands and feet.  So I stopped shooting in order to calm her down.  I then had my stepson let her taste some icing and then she slowly began to warm up to that big cupcake in front of her.  It was a lot of fun seeing Lily get into the nitty and gritty of the shoot.  And man, I got some FANTASTIC shots of my little girl—ones that I am going to cherish for a lifetime as will she.  You can check out more of my baby shots as well as cake smash photos on my Little Lamb Photography website.

For those interested in booking a cake smash photo session for your baby (one year cake smash or two year cake smash), contact me for a price list.  I shoot these sessions either in my home in L’Ange Gardien or outdoors in Ottawa or Gatineau.   And with that, I leave you with some fun and cute shots of my favourite little girl in the whole wide world.  Enjoy!  You can check out more of my cake smash photography in my photo gallery.

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Being grateful to be a mother

Being grateful to be a Mother (Ottawa Photographers)

It’s a few weeks after Thanksgiving and I would like to write about what I am grateful for.  Of course, I am so grateful to have a loving husband and a good family, but this year is different for me than any other year of my life.  This year was the first Thanksgiving that I could celebrate with my very own child.  I am so grateful for such an opportunity and blessing.

I do not doubt that every mother is grateful for her child.  However, I think that because I had to wait longer than most women to have a child that I am much more grateful to have her in my life.  Every day I thank the Lord for the privilege to not only be a mother, but to be a mother to my dear little girl.  She brings me so much joy it is sometimes overwhelming.  I get teary eyed a lot when I just look at her or even think about her.   I wanted to be a mother for so many years, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me, until now.

Yes, I would have had more energy if I had her when I was younger, but I think that things happen in life at the right time.  I totally believe that everything happens for a reason–even the bad or not so pleasant things.  Perhaps I just wasn’t ready to be a mother yet.

All I know is that I am so grateful for all of the things in my life that I was able to do while single, such as graduating college twice, getting a university degree, paying off my student loans, doing a lot of things on my bucket list, travelling all over the world and living and working in two foreign countries.  These things were important to me, so I am grateful that I was able to take advantage of being single and do them.

I must admit that being a mother is a lot harder than I thought it would be.  It consumes my time 24/7.  As I have written in another post, I have lost a lot of sleep trying to balance work with taking care of my little girl.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day!  But I do what I can, when I can.  And I keep telling myself that it WILL get better as she gets older.  I also tell myself to try to live in the moment and savour these wonderful times with my precious baby while she is still a little baby.  Oh how I love to look at her sunshine face!  It just makes me SO happy–happier than I could have hoped or imagined.  And with that, I leave you with a recent photo of my beautiful little girl.

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Kudos to moms everywhere (Ottawa Photographers)

My little girl is now five months old and I am still struggling to get even normal everyday things accomplished.  It’s only been about two months since I finally have some sort of routine (which isn’t always so routine at times).  Ok, to be honest, I only have a morning routine.  As long as I can wash her bottles, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, shower, check my e-mails, possibly do a little sudoku and even do some laundry or other household chore (notice there’s no “s” as more than one household chore rarely happens unless you count turning on the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time 2 different chores)  🙂 before the next feeding and then her nap time, I am happy as can be.  Since I still get up in the early hours to feed her, I try to take a nap when she takes her nap, which can last from two-three hours.  However, I find myself torn quite a bit to either take a much needed nap or seize the opportunity to do some photography-related work.  Needless to say I have been pretty tired as of late.

Afternoons are a whole other ball of wax.  Most of my afternoons are filled with trying to entertain my baby as well as try to get some other little things done, such as possibly cooking dinner, going grocery shopping, etc.  As a new mother, I really find it hard to strike a balance.  I really admire women who have more than one child and are able to keep their sanity.  And mothers who also work full-time, you rock.

After fighting her regular morning nap today, my little girl finally succumbed to sleep and was out like a light for several hours.  This gave me the opportunity to finally upload photos from many photo shoots that I’ve done of her over the last few months.  I then was able to finally work on some of these photos.  I have been admiring her little face for the last few hours.  I hope that you can have the same pleasure.  Enjoy.